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A Self Test To Determine If You are Under the Influence of a Religious Spirit

The word of God says we can recognize a tree by the fruit that it bears (Matthew 12:33-37).

Many times we get hurt in the Christian world due to opinions of others or the expectations of others of what they think we should be, do or say.  Communication is not the followed protocol therefore it becomes easy to express your viewpoint to others, hurting the one not present in the aftermath.  Pastors and other leaders are the target. I have found through research it is the “religious spirit” in work and not always the unlearned new believer that causes the hurt.

 A person with the spirit of religion will produce more division than lasting works.

The aftermath of a religious spirit is like a wave of bitterness with a ripple effect that prevents many people from being all they can be in Christ or even turning people the other way and not serving God at all.  The taste of blood from a “preacher did them wrong” can sometimes be irreversible for years until their heart melts and walls are torn down for healing all because a religious spirit pukes on a believer their opinion.

Family bonds within a church community works with communication.  If a brother offends you as the Word tells us, go to him or her and talk about the offense to see if you are “correct” in your own mind versus a sin.  Most of the time it is an opinion  of what is believed it should be versus the latter. Religion and relationship don’t get along, and this is why religious spirits will work diligently to hinder true meaningful relationships between God and His children.

A religious spirit is a demon that wages war against the grace of God in our lives and acceptance of Jesus’ work as. When ritual controls our relationships this is Religion. Ritual minus relationship equals religion. The spirit of religion is an agent of Satan assigned to prevent change and to maintain the status quo by using religious devices.The Pharisees were obvious examples of people who have religious spirits although we would never compare our own behavior to them, a religious spirit is very destructive to our intimate relationships with God.

Religious spirits are more interested in judgment than forgiveness and grace

Religious spirits can manifest in different ways for different people.

It is important to understand that to be influenced does not mean to be possessed, but rather simply means to be:

  • Affected
  • Inspired
  • Moved
  • Swayed
  • Motivated

Most of us are subject to religious spirits to some degree. Paul exhorts us to “test ourselves to see if we are in the faith”, (2 Corinthians 13:5).

HERE IS A LITTLE TEST TO SEE IF YOU HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY A SPIRIT OF RELIGION: CHECK ALL THAT APPLY

Do you listen with a critical ear rather than an open heart

Do you have a tendency to see your primary mission as tearing down what you believe is wrong verses seeing the person’s Godly fruit or Christian walk

Do you feel as though it is your mission to point out or tear down or express your opinion to others when you think something is wrong instead of going to the source

Are you more inclined to see what is wrong with churches rather than what is right and feel the need to “fix” the issues you think is wrong

Do you use gossip and slander to assassinate other peoples’ character and may even use violence to prove your point or even be suspicious of others motives

Do you have a sense that you are closer to God than other people

Do you ever feel like you can never be good enough

You perform Christian duties but have no passion or hunger for God

Do you take pride in your spiritual routine of prayer and other ministries in which you feel you are more qualified to lead than other people or groups and maybe feel as though you have the best team or leadership

Do you hold a grudge against someone who did you wrong

Interested in seeing somebody pay or be punished for their wrongdoing or their past instead of seeing them repent and receive forgiveness and grace from God

Do you reject progress or refuse to embrace change, therefore buck the system, disagree with your leaders or new ministries in the church

Do you see yourself following certain rules, or regulations regarding the outward man, in order to be in right standing with God.  This would include dressing a certain way, legalism, working or earning your salvation

Judging people by their appearance or overreact to carnality or immaturity of the church

Do you feel the need of having recognition and titles in the church world or receive identity in the things in attempt to do for God and church

Do you make a big deal about the doctrines accumulated through head knowledge

Do you use emotionalism as a substitute for the work of the holy spirit or if emotion isn’t expressed believe the Holy Spirit is being hindered

Do you appear righteous but inside filled with anger, resentment and envy

Do you believe you are on the cutting edge of what God is doing and closer to God than your leaders or friends

Are you unable to take rebuke or have a philosophy that you only listen to God

Do you feel an overwhelming guilt you couldn’t ever be good enough

Do you glory more in what God has done in the past rather than in what God is doing in the present or use the words for God to move we must do this as we did back then

D0 you ever feel as though you are not saved, doubt God

THE COUNTERFEIT GIFT OF DISCERNMENT

A religious spirit gives birth to a counterfeit gift of discernment of spirits. This counterfeit gift thrives on seeing what is wrong with others rather than seeing what God is doing to help them along. If you checked on the self-test, you tend to have a counterfeit gift of discernment. Its wisdom is rooted in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and thought the truth may be accurate; it is ministered in a spirit that kills. Suspicion, which is motivated by rejection, territorial preservation or general insecurity, causes this counterfeit gift. However the true gift of discernment can only function with love. In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul warns them about those who minister in a religious spirit that they try to place a yoke of legalism on the believers. Religions that are based on works will tend to become violent easily, especially when confronted with those who live by faith. This includes “Christian Religions” where a doctrine of works has supplanted the cross of Christ. Those who are driven by religious spirits may try to destroy the true Christian by onslaughts of slander.

THE SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL

The Spirit of Jezebel is a combination of the religious spirit and the spirit of witchcraft that is the spirit of manipulation and control. This spirit is often found in deeply wounded people. Every trial in our lives will either make us bitter or better, and the cross will heal every spiritual wound if we will turn to it. Those who are deeply wounded who do not go to the cross can open themselves up to this evil spirit. The Jezebel spirit is one of the enemy’s most potent forms of the religious spirit that seeks to keep the church and the world from being prepared for the Lord. This spirit attacks the prophetic ministry through which the Lord wants to give timely, strategic direction to His people. Jezebel knows that by removing the true prophets, the people will be vulnerable to her false prophets, which always leads to idolatry and spiritual adultery. When there is a void of the true prophetic word, the people will be much more prone to the deception of the enemy. A religious spirit produces religious pride so that God will not communicate with those who are proud. In Matthew 15:14, Jesus called the religious leaders of the day “blind guides”. A primary strategy of the religious spirit is to get the church devoted to sacrifice in a way that perverts the command for us to take up our crosses daily. This perversion will have us putting more faith in our sacrifices than in the Lord’s sacrifice. It will also use sacrifices and offerings to try to get God to manifest Himself. This is a form of the terrible delusion that we can somehow purchase the grace and presence of God with our good works.

Religious spirits hold people in spiritual slavery. The battle against this spiritual slavery can only be won by unconditional love, in living the Christian life focused on Jesus and the Word of God and being filled with the Holy Spirit.

If you have been affected by the Religious Spirit, take time to ask our Heavenly Father to forgive and to allow us to practice grace instead of judging, to show grace more than pointing out faults and to be humble, full of joy as we lead others by example producing much fruit for the glory of God.  Rebuke the spirit of religion out of your life, resist and walk forward into your identity as the sons and daughters of Jesus Christ, the Lord above all.

God Bless!

Melissa

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Fire Out Of Control

resentment is the cocaine of emotions.....
Resentment is the cocaine of the emotions.  It causes our blood to pump and our energy level to rise.  Like cocaine, it demands increasingly large and more frequent dosages.

There is dangerous point at which anger ceases to be an emotion and becomes a driving force.  A person bent on revenge moves unknowingly further and further away from being able to forgive, for to be without the anger is to be without a source of energy.

Hatred is the rabid dog that turns on its owner.

 

Hatred is the rabid dog that turns on its owner.

Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist.

Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist.

 

bitterness is the trap that snares the hunterBitterness is the trap that snares the hunter.

Mercy is the choice that can set them all free.

From the “The Applause of Heaven”

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Finding Faith

There have been many times in my life I felt alone, afraid and hurt.  Yet I stood when I didn’t feel like standing, I held my head when I felt like falling to the floor or hiding under the covers.  It is only through the grace and mercy of God that He lifted the pain of what others inflicted upon me or my family.  It seems no one understands. Yet God in His wonderful ways is the only One who can do this.  He was with me when I felt worthless, not perfect enough, lost and undone.  He is the Almighty God who in His wisdom reaches down His hand to caresses my hair and whisper “I love you” when hope is flown away from my thoughts.  Faith, we all must find faith and allow it to grow.  Seasons of life come and go, without faith it is impossible to please Him.

Finding Faith in lifeFaith is confident and knowing God-given assurance that He will and do what His Word is and does.It is believing in His promises, the validity and that these promises hold true if you believe.  It works three ways in our life.

It first forms a basis for a commitment to Christ when we first believe and give our hearts to Jesus.  Faith doesn’t stop there.

The mature Christian life requires that faith develop because a genuine depth in faith leads to a deeper walk during our development.  Through thick and thin we must trust in Him even through the pain we endure.

The next stage of faith is that only with it we can receive miracles for the needs we have.  This is when we release God’s power to meet those needs.

How do we increase our faith?  Walking with Him daily, becoming more and more like Jesus, reading His Word, attending church to hear the Word, going through challenges of life and learning to trust the Almighty.  All these things will help your faith grow.

Daily we must give positive declarations over ourself with confessions of victory and abundance.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to come into our lives and dwell within us, heal us.  Our mouth will speak the true nature of our heart.  Although life in itself is hard and rough at times, it is not by our own strength but by the strength of God which renews us daily.  Live and affirm God’s presence in your life daily and watch your faith grow.  We must remember the Lord is with us at all times, walking with us, loving on us, healing us, protecting us, listening to us and desires a relationship so strong so that we do not look to ourselves but to Him daily.  It is through the pain of life at times that our faith grows in leaps and bounds because without Jesus we would not have endured.  He alone is our source and strength.

There is no turning back once you find faith.

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Man Beaten By Authorities

man beaten to deathThis news is more disturbing than ever to hear about an innocent man beaten almost to the point of death.  This innocent man who quietly was at the park with some friends,  was captured as if he was a dangerous criminal.  One of the man’s friends led authorities straight to the man and the group that he was with.  The group of people managed to escape but the man was arrested.  The man was taken straight to authorities for questioning his bizarre behavior along with his outlandish religious views. During this time the authorities spit on him, blindfolded him and hammered his face with their fists.  What’s more disturbing not only did the authorities allow this to happen, they also let the bailiffs get in a few swings upon the innocent man too.  He was placed in holding for more questioning without a lawyer.

Upon the next day, the bruised and bleeding man was automatically sent to the governor.  After questioning him, the governor wanted to release the man in reference of no crime committed, however in fear of the people in high authority and the crowd of people hearing of the news, he decided he wouldn’t have part in the entire mess.  He called for a jury to decide the verdict. After the jury claimed the man to be guilty without even a trial, the man was placed back in the hands of the authorities who brought him to the governor in the first place.  In the process the man was taken out back and the chief captain’s men again beat the man only with this time a whip containing a razor at the end of the leather.  This tore into the man’s back and left him barely breathing.  He was taken back into the barracks behind closed doors and given a set of clothes only to again hit him over the head and spit on him. They also put on his head a circle containing sharp thorns.

He was then made to walk in front of people bleeding profusely.  Protesters against the governor pressed into the man to get in their full swings and pulling out the man’s beard and swearing at him.  The man was forced to carry a wooden beam, tortured in the process.  He was then nailed to the wooden beams and crucified in front of the town where he died in this hanging.

The innocent man’s name was Jesus.

What makes this story so unique is that Jesus didn’t stay in the grave.  He rose again on the third day and walked among the people. We know this day and celebrate it as Easter.

The grave is empty, the only person to rise from dead. Jesus did not only die as an innocent man, but he chose to receive this torture and take on the sin of all man, and die for man.  The result of this would be that all people including you and I can have everlasting life in eternity with him for our choosing to do so.  The grace is that we no longer live by the law of the Old Testament but enter into an agreement with Jesus that He died for our sins and came back to life.  In doing this, we confess our wrong doings, we also turn from our sinful nature and accept his ways.   As gruesome of a death this was, it was not an ending to life but the beginning.    Although he returned to heaven, the Spirit of God is here upon earth to give us power, to be witnesses for Him, to comfort us and to teach and unite us.  He is with us always.  Love. Live. Lead.

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Depending on Him

Running to the source of my strength!There are times in my life when I am feeling a little down, how I must remember that God is my strength and strong tower!  It isn’t something I can do on my own and I must rely on Him for my life to be productive.  I must remember that it is only through Him I get my courage to make a difference in my own life but also in the life of others.  He is with me and He is the source of all life.  During those times, I look to Him for my source and run to Him.

I love to listen to music like this when I really need God to show up in my life and just “feel Him”…. http://kimberlyandalbertorivera.com/free.cfm looking for my help with Jesus

Exodus 15:2 New Living Translation (©2007)
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him–my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

Wesley’s Notes

15:2 Israel rejoiceth in God, as their strength, song, and salvation – Happy therefore the people whole God is the Lord: They are weak themselves, but he strengthens them, his grace is their strength: they are oft in sorrow, but in him they have comfort, he is their song: sin and death threaten them, but he is, and will be, their salvation. He is their fathers God – This they take notice of, because being conscious of their own unworthiness, they had reason to think that what God had now done for them was for their fathers sake, Deu 4:37.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

15:1-21 This song is the most ancient we know of. It is a holy song, to the honour of God, to exalt his name, and celebrate his praise, and his only, not in the least to magnify any man. Holiness to the Lord is in every part of it. It may be considered as typical, and prophetical of the final destruction of the enemies of the church. Happy the people whose God is the Lord. They have work to do, temptations to grapple with, and afflictions to bear, and are weak in themselves; but his grace is their strength. They are often in sorrow, but in him they have comfort; he is their song. Sin, and death, and hell threaten them, but he is, and will be their salvation. The Lord is a God of almighty power, and woe to those that strive with their Maker! He is a God of matchless perfection; he is glorious in holiness; his holiness is his glory. His holiness appears in the hatred of sin, and his wrath against obstinate sinners. It appears in the deliverance of Israel, and his faithfulness to his own promise. He is fearful in praises; that which is matter of praise to the servants of God, is very dreadful to his enemies. He is doing wonders, things out of the common course of nature; wondrous to those in whose favour they are wrought, who are so unworthy, that they had no reason to expect them. There were wonders of power and wonders of grace; in both, God was to be humbly adored.

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What’s Love Got To Do With It

the gift of sacrificial love What’s love got to do with it?  Everything….and when it is sacrificial love, it is the best.

When you are concerned about the well-being of others you usually have to sacrifice.  You may have to expand your time, your energy, or your money for them.  You may have to give up your plans your independence or your privacy.  To love as God loves, in other words, you may have to part with whatever is most precious to you for the sake of someone else.  I find this very difficult at times because the response you get from others during this journey or process is a pain that only subsides as time passes.  You find yourself going through emotions and wanting to give up, however through the process you know the end result is doing the will of God for the sake of touching others with His Love, teachings and ministry.

Sacrificial love is a difficult concept to grasp because our culture teaches the exact opposite.  We must grasp that true personal fulfillment never comes through self-gratification.  Only when we give ourself to God and joyfully serve his people in sacrificial love that we find fulfillment and satisfaction that the world will never know.

I know this is hard sometimes because many times people do not see your sacrifice, they only see what has been taken from them whether from lack of vision or walking in the flesh.  It is easy to turn and look inward instead of the prize that is ahead of us as Christians.  Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean trials of life never come for they are for the betterment of our faith but being a Christian is knowing the end result of eternal life with the One called Jesus who shared this kind of love.

Sacrificial love in marriage is when you enhance the life of each other making it fuller and more satisfying than it would be if the marriage didn’t exist.  Loving marriages help both spouses grow into their full potential rather than putting down the other.  It is loving the other putting their needs above your own.  The “I love you” means to commit to serve, to build you, to cheer you on despite the time, energy, money, and the misunderstandings of the journey of life.

Sacrificial love is the foundation of every key relationship in life and when people don’t practice sacrificial love, they find themselves wanting, wishing and in turmoil remembering only the past instead of looking toward the future.

Mark 8

John 3:16

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You Make Me Come Alive

This morning I wrote in my prayer journal, “Jesus you make me come alive!  This is what you do!”  This is the lyrics from a song Jordan sang Thursday night at church.  You know how a song gets in your head and you sing it all day?  It seems I was singing it all night, upon every waking moment.

In this chaotic world we live in, we need something to keep us alive and that is the kinda faith that only Jesus can give.  When we are weak, then we lean upon Jesus, He gives us strength to live and push forward.  When we are stressed or worried, He whispers, “It’s going to be OK”. This is what He does.  He makes us aware of what is going on around us when we get caught up in daily life, showing us the hearts that need mending, the hungry, the sad, the lonely, the fatherless, the widow, the children and how this life can get really messy.  We all fall but falling makes us stronger, falling lets us know how to help others when they fall.  It is Jesus that rescues, He makes us come alive!

Be encouraged today.  You may not “feel” good or like anything is happening in your life.  Maybe it is the same old thing and every morning you hit the repeat button, but try to remember Jesus wants you to live, be alive!  Notice things around you and be thankful.

One of the homework assignments I give to my couples in therapy, is to write down at least 5 things that you are thankful at the end of the day and share with each other.  It focuses on what God has given you and how He is a BIG part of your life in the midst of life’s chaotic world.

Watch this video below…. it will make you smile and realize God is in control.  You will live today!

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Battle Tactics Two

When I was in High School, I played basketball.  I wasn’t very good but loved the challenge and the competition especially when it came to playing defense.  Before most games the coach will know a little about the other team players.  He knows the players positions, their weaknesses and also their best ability of talent, in other words, who to watch. The reason behind knowing is to make sure the best guard is on the best shooter.   It is important once you are in the game, you know your opponent and his tactics if you want to win or survive.  That is what I am trying to do in writing yesterday and today.  Know your enemy, know his tactics, know how to overcome in the heat of the battle.  Better yet, know your enemy, submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.

Yesterday I spoke on how the enemy wants to destroy our faith by attacking us in several different areas of life.  His schemes are simple and very slow in such a way of being in the camp without one even knowing he is in the house.  He first will tempt us to sin by defiling our conscience and getting a foothold in our mind and in our actions.  He will persecute believers by making you feel as though you don’t belong, trip us up by slander in finding any detail that could be twisted into a false accusation, draw us into self-reliance to get things straight with control, get our eyes off Christ and catch us off guard.  In other words, Satan is so sneaky he comes in and sets a plate at the table without you even knowing it.   I explained in detail how he uses different battle tactics to do these things with Battle Tactics One.

Today, I will add to those things his other goals.  How does Satan demoralize us?  The first method is to accuse the saints and intimidate us.  He then will discourage us in any way, form or fashion.  He then turns and redefines the battle.  He wants us to think there is no battle or that he is not in this battle by turning saints away from other believers and the lost.  If he can promote getting our eyes off of the lost world and onto our own selfish nature, he sets back and waits for the sound of each rifle shooting, laughing loudly at the confusement he has set up.  He promotes either isolation or gathering in clicks, tempting other believers to become our opponents.  He makes the battle a fleshly one encouraging us to use our own efforts to achieve spiritual ends.  He has us to battle for power and authority over one another instead of relying on God to take care of the matter or to take action into their own hands.  Prayer becomes obsolete as we let Satan consume our mind, our thoughts, our time and drains one of energy.  Instead of fighting, one is ready to flight because they cannot take the front lines of the battle field any longer.

Once Satan comes into the camp, he sits at the table, he bring division as he dishes out into our plates unresolved anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, envy, pride, selfish ambition, covetousness, murder, arguments, bad judgment, slander, gossip, inflammatory speech, and alienation from leader by sowing seeds of mistrust.  By this time we have eaten and don’t even realize this battle tactic of poison he has given to each family member, spreading like a disease very subtle as it becomes airborne.

As the enemy sits back and waits for the poison to consume our minds and bodies, he continues to spit out the lies, twist the truth and target more of God’s people.  He then follows up with the next step by leading one into error.  He then sits and waits for the consuming of each other as one by one saints continue to get discouraged and drop out of the picture.

The enemy knows the battle far more than we do and he has been doing this for years upon years.  He has false teachers, false teaching and false accusations for shooting down good leaders.  He gains influence over us through occultism, hidden occultism and demonize believers.  His entire goal is to prevent the lost into becoming a Christian by quickly snatching the seeds of the gospel, blind unbelievers, play the game without true conversion or change the church’s agenda.

Satan’s schemes and tactics are complex in his strategic warfare.  We all have fallen prey to his schemes however if one is determined to change his or her behavior and will by turning to Christ in the heat of the battle once they have realized it, then God will consume with love.  Love covers a multitude of sin, casts out all fear and wins every time.

If you have found yourself in the heat of the battle lately, what tactic did the enemy use on you?  Have you recognized it was a plan of the enemy in the first place.  It is not your brother and sister in Christ, it is not the person who doesn’t know God, it is not your husband, wife, children, or any family member.  It is Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy any way he can and these are his tactics!  Know your enemy so you can stop the plan.  Let love fill you up through finding prayer and intimacy with Christ, in His Word through His messages and through His Spirit.

Isaiah 54:17  No weapon formed against us will prosper or be successful.

Resources for Battle Tactics One & Two:

Genesis 3:1-6, Zechariah 3:1, Job 1, Jude 4,8,10, I Chronicles 21:1, I Samuel 15:23, Numbers 16:11

Matthew 4:1-3,6,12:43,13:4,19,24-39,16:22-23,24:24, 26:51-52, 27:3-5,

Luke 4:2-7, 9-11,22:3-4. 9:62,

John 8:44, 13:2, 14:30,12:5-6, 16:11,

Ephesians 2:2, 4:3,26-31,

I Corinthians 3:4-5,10:12, 3:18-19,

Hebrews 12:1-3,

Colossians 3:8,

2 Corinthians 2:6-11, 4:4, 10:4-5, 11:3-4,14,

I John 2:1, 3:12, 4:3, 5:19,

3 John 9-10,

Acts 5:3,8:18-20,15:19-20, 19:19, 20:28-31, 23:8,26:18,

Romans 8:1,15,33,5:10,

I Timothy 3:6-7,4:1-2,

2 Timothy 2:26, 4:3-4,

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12,

Galatians 3:1, 4:17,

I Peter 5:8-9,

James 3:14-15, 4:1-2

Revelation 2:10,13, 12:10-11,16:14, 19:20,20:7-8

 

 

 

 

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Walking Life Out in Flesh or Spirit – The Difference

Getting balanced in life is hard for me.  Trying to focus on one thing is hard for most women because God made us multi-taskers.  Since I have been focused lately on my health I have neglected my writing in this area.  Although I did start another journal blog for my weight loss, I miss the depth of searching and writing for soul sake.  I have tons of projects going on in my head!  We moved and are remodeling in the entire process, along with the boys and helping them “grow up” makes me want to scream for more time.  I started a Bible study group here at my home so that has helped me too.  I know God is getting ready to do something amazing in my life and I must be healthy mentally, emotionally, physically and yes spiritually.

One way to view our nature is that we have a material part, our body, and an immaterial part, our soul and/or spirit.  We must live balanced in all these areas but we must also walk in the Spirit and not the flesh.  We constantly war against the flesh because we don’t want to die to self will.  Let me explain:

Our Body

It is by our body that we function.  It’s through our bodies that we connect to the physical world with our five senses.  Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit once we are saved.

Our Soul

Our soul is what gives us our personality and it’s through our soul that we live out our relationship with God, with other people and with our self. Our soul has three major components — our mind, will and emotions. Our mind has a conscious part and a subconscious part. The conscious mind is where we do our thinking and reasoning. The sub-conscious mind is where we hold our deep beliefs and our attitudes. It’s also where we have our feeling, our emotions and retain our memories. Our will is what gives us the ability to make choices. Through a very complex way, our mind, our will and our emotions are connected to the body through our endocrine, nervous and immune systems.  “The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body.”

Our Spirit

I believe that it’s in our spirit that we have meaning and purpose in life. At the deepest level our spirit gives us meaning and purpose and our spirit enables us to love one another, our self and God. It’s through our spirit that we have communion and fellowship with God.  Our spirit gives us intuition between right and wrong.

Our spiritual health will have a significant impact on our emotional health , which will have a major influence on our physical health.

Many of us are affected by how we handle the stress that life brings us. If chronic stress is left unchecked, over a period of time our bodies will take a toll. A strong faith can help us to cope with the stress that we experience in our life and enable the impact of that stress to be less significant. Without a strong personal faith we must resort to our own resources to cope with the stress present in our life. Often we attempt to cope with this stress through addictions and other methods of escape. This behavior can further exacerbate the effect of stress on our physical health. A strong personal faith can be a resource that helps to manage stress.

Our beliefs and attitudes, determined in large degree by our faith, will play a major role in our thinking patterns. Our day to day thinking will have an impact on our emotions and feelings, and our emotions and feelings will have a major impact on our behaviors. In this regard, our thought patterns play a significant role in our emotional and physical health. It is important to control our thinking patterns so we can change our thinking, which can transform our life.

1.  To Live according to the Flesh: I Corinthians 3:3,   Romans 8: 8

Body:  Tension, migraine headaches, nervous stomach, hives, skin rashes, allergies , asthma, arthritis, heart palpitations, respiratory ailments, etc….

Mind: Double minded

                  Emotions: Unstable

                  Will: Gal 5:16-18

Spirit: Alive but quenched Romans 8:9 , I Thess 5:19

                                                      OR

2.  To Live in the Natural: In the Flesh : I Corinthians 2:14

Flesh: Romans 8:8 Though flesh can mean body, it is the learn independence which gives sin its opportunity.  The natural man who tries to find purpose and meaning in life independently of God is going to struggle with inferiority, insecurity, inadequacy, guildt, worry and doubts.

Body:  same as above

Mind: Obsessive thoughts, fantasy, etc.

                  Emotions: Bitterness, anxiety, depression

                  Will:  same as above (immoral, jealous, envy, drunkenness, strife, anger, etc)

                                                      OR

3.  TO LIVE IN THE SPIRIT – SPIRITUAL PERSON I Corth 2:15

Flesh:  The crucifying of the flesh is the believer’s responsibility on a day by day basis as he considers himself dead to sin.

Body: Temple of God (I Corth 6:19,20) We are to present as a living sacrifice, holy… Romans 12:1

Mind: Transformed, Single minded, Girded for action Romans 12:2, Phil 4:6-8, I Peter 1:13

                  Emotions: Peace (Col 3;15, Phil 4:4)

                  Will:  Walk after Spirit : produce fruit

Spirit: Salvation, Forgiveness, Assurance, Security, Acceptance, Worth. (Romans 8:9, John 3:3, I John 3:1,9, Acts 2;38, Heb. 8:12, Romans 8:16, Eph 1:13-14, 2:10

It is HIS SPIRIT that gives us the balance, rest, peace and joy to live in this world.  Grasp it!

 

Abundant life, Encouragement, faith

Sore Body

For the past week I have been doing a much needed determination experiment and life change.  It has been a long time coming and decision that one must make when you deal with insanity.  In other words when you want a new result, we can’t keep doing the same things over and over.  In other words, I can’t keep eating, and sitting around hoping to lose weight or stay healthy not exercising.  I am writing about my new change on a new blog site just to keep me motivated with the thinkpinkgirl in which you can click on it to the right of this page to see my thoughts and progress.

I have had a young 23 year old come and be my accountability and motivational partner along with a 21 year old.  Am I a glutton for punishment?  They pushed me yesterday to the max where I did exhaust all my muscles.  Training, moving, stretching and sweating, is really hard work! Getting out of bed was quite a struggle because my muscles didn’t want to cooperate.  However I will be moved to continue.

This made me think of the term “running the race”  2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  When Paul was writing this is wasn’t something that he thought about or accomplished in one day, a week or even a month in that matter.  There was much training and daily consistency going on.  It was a lifestyle change and a life long commitment.  I fight the good fight of faith, I must be strong with my daily walk with God and I must continue to reach others and I must be healthy to continue doing just that.  Mind, soul and body all healthy.  If my mind is not healthy I would be of no good constantly focusing on myself, my problems, my issues in my own world instead of others.  If my body is not healthy I will constantly be worried, down, enabled and trapped to go and do the things I must do for His Work, again my focus would be on myself.  If my soul is not healthy I would be lost and consumed by the thinking of the world with no peace, no true joy with only temporal pleasures.  I must use all three of these in effort to promote healthiness in all areas of my life.  

Today is a new day for you and I challenge you to do the same.  Are you ready for new adventures God has for you?  Don’t only make a statement about changing but actually do something about it.  It may take a partner to motivate you and encourage you daily.  It may take someone who believes in you.  It may take faith on your part.  Nevertheless, if you make plans and follow through, you might seem a “little sore” by changing your old ways, and your body may scream with the pain, but with consistency and fighting the good fight of faith keep running the race your rewards will be given.  It’s more than just a healthy heart, or lifestyle, it’s an eternity of happiness with the Savior Jesus Christ.